Andra grew up in Swakopmund, a small town squashed between the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean and the mystical Namib Desert before moving to Pretoria at the end of 2007. Since then she has independently recorded two solo albums, extensively toured South Africa, Namibia and Botswana; repeatedly performed at all the major SA festivals (oppikoppi, KKNK, Aardklop, Splashy Fen, Up the Creek, White Mountain Folk Festival, Innibos, Rise&Shine Fest, Park Acoustics, STRAB in Mozambique…) ; and supported the world-famous Sarah Bettens (K’s Choice) on a 10 day sold out European tour.
Her song “Fall too Slow” was chosen for a television commercial by the communication company AT&T for their YP.com campaign in the USA, and has resulted in significant awareness of her music in the US and throughout Europe. She has also embarked on her own successful tour to Belgium and has received numerous invitations to tour the United States and Europe.
“Twenty Seven – it’s everywhere”, Andra’s independent music/dance production exploring the mysterious appearance of the number 27 in the Arts, was performed twice at Pretoria’s Atterbury Theatre to nearly sold out audiences. It also received standing ovations and rave reviews during its festival debut at 2012’s Aardklop Festival.
Andra accompanied SA legend, Koos Kombuis, at Oppikoppi – Bewilderbeast (2013), with a very special performance of his song “Lisa se Klavier”, accompanied by Albert Frost and Schalk Joubert. They managed to silence a 10 000+ crowd of excited festival goers, and it ended in explosive applause of emotional appreciation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Kfig_sk7k
Most recently Andra received a STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD for her performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2014.
“This singer/songwriter presents something a little different to what listeners of contemporary music are used to. Her haunting sound and innovative melodies are sheer genius and leave you wanting more. A blend of rock and folk sounds, this is a must-see performance. “ – CUE Newspaper – 2014 Fringe in a Flash Review
Andra is well known for her passionate performances and has been compared to artists like Janis Joplin, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithful, and Eddie Vedder, but she humbly states:
“I’m just telling stories – attaching the only sounds I know how to make.”